A Day In The Life


Similie–6:00AM This morning when I woke up sunsh…
July 29, 2006, 4:02 am
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Similie–6:00AM

This morning when I woke up
sunshine touched my feet
and
guided me across the dirty floor
to a chair where
a pair of faded jeans lay crumpled
like an old man
waiting to be noticed.

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There’s No Place Like Home Th…
July 26, 2006, 3:18 am
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There’s No Place Like Home

This is the road that leads to my home. For approximately one half mile, stately trees line both sides of the road. Their limbs stretch over the country lane forming a canopy. At the end of the leafy tunnel lies the bridge. Another half mile beyond the river is my home.

I love driving and walking on this stretch of country road. I love how the trees change with the seasons. Autumn winds send leaves of all colors scurrying across the road. Squirrels scamper to and fro making last minute additions to their hoard of food for the winter. Eventually the leaves are gone. The canopy is a profusion of bare limbs sometimes dusted with snow. The winter moon gleams through the skeletal trees. Spring brings green. A banquet of varying shades as new leaves burst from the buds. Birds sing as they busily search for nest materials. The canopy is at its peak as summer arrives. Sunlight dapples the road. The leaves rustle and whisper in warm summer breezes.

There are many beautiful places in this world that we live in. I have lived in four different states and have traveled in many more. And I have a long list of places I still want to see. But no matter where I go and no matter what I see, this road will always be one of the most beautiful sights of all. When I look down this road under the canopy of trees, I know I am one mile from my home. And, we all should agree, there truly is no place like home.



Black-eyed Susan rudbeckia speciesThese…
July 24, 2006, 5:04 am
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Black-eyed Susan rudbeckia species

These lovely “ladies” produce masses of blooms from midsummer till frost. The plants are rugged and easy to grow. They make excellent cut flowers for bouquets and also dry easily while retaining their bright color. They like full sun and will tolerate almost any soil type. I love combining them with purple coneflowers and red bee balm (monarda).

“Forget what you’ve heard about green thumbs: A gardener’s greatest asset is a fertile imagination. How else could we envision Eden in a single seed or Paradise in a clay pot?” Author unknown, but greatly appreciated



The Dance She ran through the wet grass …
July 23, 2006, 5:34 am
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The Dance

She ran through the wet grass
to the sound of
a disco beat
until
the drum pulse pulled her
heart strings and
she began to dance.

copyright 1977

I actually wrote this poem as a senior in high school. I entered it in a collegiate level poetry competition my freshman year in college and won. It was published in an anthology along with other first place entries from across the United States.



Inspiration This is a wonderful book. I think …
July 21, 2006, 3:28 am
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Inspiration

    This is a wonderful book. I think just about anyone would enjoy reading it, but it is a must read for music teachers. I have been fortunate enough to attend John Jacobson’s clinics in Grapevine, Texas, for the last three years. They are terrific.

    John Jacobson is a teacher, author, composer, choreographer and motivational speaker. He is the founder and volunteer president of America Sings! Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages young people to use their time and talent for community service. John’s energy is boundless. He has taught music and dance all over the world. He has climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, performed with America Sings! at presidential inaugurations and was at the Berlin Wall in 1989. John’s stories and humor will make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

    Here are some of my favorite quotes from “A Place In The Choir”:

    “What we learn through music we don’t forget.”

    “In music everybody can find a home.”

    “You cannot hear the sound of children singing and fail to think that this is a world worth preserving.”

    “Music is not an ‘extra.’ Music is THE difference.”

    “What I did know was that young people and music is a combination that can truly change the world.”

    “It is here that my notion was affirmed that everybody on Earth has a song inside of them, and every song is as legitimate as the next.”

    And, finally, my favorite…..“There is no better way to spend your life than as a music teacher.”

    Amen, John, amen!!!



    Parental PrideI always wanted to have children, …
    July 18, 2006, 6:29 am
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    Parental Pride

    I always wanted to have children, but I found out long ago that becoming a mother was an unlikely event for me. So I became a teacher instead. Fifteen years and hundreds of children later, I feel that I have experienced some degree of motherhood and I am content.

    I have always had animals as a part of my family and, needless to say, I become quite attached to them. Case in point: Jasper. I love my other dog, Cherokee, and my cat, Africa, but Jasper is my baby.

    I recently had to make arrangements for Jasper to stay at the kennel while I spent four days in the Dallas area. My mom takes care of my other animals, but she and I both prefer that Jasper stay at the “doggie motel”. So I stop by the kennel to make sure they have room for Jasper and the lady behind the counter says, “Oh, of course we have room for Jasper. He is the sweetest little dog. And so well-behaved. You’ve done such a good job training him.” As I walked out the door, I found myself beaming with pride. My dog is sweet and well-behaved! I’ve done a good job!! I wanted a bumper sticker that says “My dog is an honor student at Dogwood Kennels”. I wanted a report card. Jasper might very well become the valedictorian of his doggie class. And I am a good doggie parent! ( Disnementia…..I’m telling you….I have it bad.)

    As if the reservation clerk accolades were not enough, when I picked Jasper up on Sunday another woman was behind the counter. “You’re here to pick Jasper up? He is such a beautiful little dog. He has perfect markings. Have you ever considered showing him?” I was struck speechless ( which is amazing for me ) with rapturous pride. What an animal I have raised. Jasper a potential winner of the Westminster show. Forget bumper stickers. Now I have visions of gold cups, blue ribbons, best of breed, best in show……Mr. Doggie America!!!

    Then Jasper came running around the end of the counter, tail wagging and a big doggie smile on his face. Suddenly, he stopped, sniffed the edge of the counter and hefted his leg. Oh well, I guess even superstars have to pee.



    Disnementia I was watering and weeding in the gar…
    July 17, 2006, 5:02 am
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    Disnementia

    I was watering and weeding in the garden several days ago when a Chickadee flew to a limb near where I was working. Mr. Chickadee chirped and chattered as he watched me work and I finally realized he wanted me to put some fresh, cool water in the bird bath for him to enjoy. I took care of the bird bath and, sure enough, the Chickadee flew down, took a few sips of water then proceeded to take a nice cool bath. After a few minutes of splashing, he flew back to the limb, chattered his thanks and went on his way. This seemingly innocent incident reminded me once again that I have a severe case of “disnementia”.

    “Disnementia” describes the belief that movies in which animals have human characteristics are real rather than fantasy. “Disnementia” is usually caused by parents (mine) who take their children (me) to see every Disney movie ever made. The condition is made more severe when children ( and adults ) have very creative and active imaginations.

    “Disnementia” can produce terrible feelings of guilt and angst. That little mouse that I don’t really want in my kitchen could be Jacques or Gus Gus. The ham in my sandwich ( gasp ) could have originally been Babe’s relative. Ants, cute little bugs, lobsters, fish, cows, chickens, ducks……the list is endless and I don’t even want to talk about what happens during deer season.

    At one point in my life, I thought I could alleviate some of the guilt by becoming a vegetarian. And then…..I watched my first Veggie Tales video.